Why are you building this transmission line?
This transmission line is being built pursuant to an Order of the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission as part of a plan that will provide a connection between the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) and the southeastern United States.
Why is Garland Power & Light constructing this line and who is Rusk Interconnection?
Garland Power & Light has been ordered by the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission to build this line to interconnect the Southern Cross Transmission Project to ERCOT. The Southern Cross Transmission Project is a high-voltage direct current transmission line project to connect ERCOT and the southeastern United States. Garland Power & Light has contracted with Rusk Interconnection LLC, an affiliate of Southern Cross, for construction of this project.
Who will own, operate, and maintain the line?
After the line is completed, Garland Power & Light will own the line and be responsible for operating and maintaining it.
How long will this transmission line be?
This transmission line will be approximately 40 miles long depending on the route selected.
Has a route been determined?
A final route has not been determined at this time. A set of route alternatives will be filed in February as part of Garland Power & Light’s application for a certificate of convenience and necessity for the project before the Public Utility Commission of Texas (PUCT). The PUCT Commissioners will ultimately select a route from the line segments filed by Garland Power & Light.
Will there be an opportunity for public input on this project?
Yes, public input is a critical component of this project. We will be hosting two public open houses in December to solicit input on the preliminary alternative routes, answer questions, and address any concerns. The meetings will be on December 1st and 2nd, 2015. They will be held at the Carthage Civic Center.
How tall will the structures be? What will they look like?
The average height of the structures is 115-125 feet with approximate spans between structures of 800-1,100 feet. Tubular monopole structures will be used.
How wide will the transmission line right-of-way be?
The corridor is expected to be approximately 150 feet wide (75 feet each side of centerline).
How will environmental concerns be addressed?
An environmental review will be conducted as part of the routing effort to identify, avoid and/or minimize impacts to environmentally sensitive areas. Once a route is selected by the PUCT, a survey of the right-of-way for environmentally sensitive areas, such as wetlands and threatened and endangered species habitat will be conducted, and any required permits and clearances from state and Federal environmental agencies will be obtained.